University of Rhode Island Fall Honors Colloquium explores"Legacies
of the Vietnam War"
KINGSTON, R.I.-August 26, 1999 -- This fall, the University of RhodeIsland
community and the general public are invited to explore in depththe true
legacies of the Vietnam War with experts who have studied the war,artists
who have re-imagined it, and those who lived through it.
Coordinated by Political Science Professor Gerry Tyler and English ProfessorDon
Kunz, the semester-long Colloquium, "The Legacies of the VietnamWar,"
will offer students the chance to study the major consequencesof the War-not
so much by looking back at the historical facts, but by lookingaround at
current artistic, cultural, environmental, military, political,psychological,
and sociological phenomena that evolved as a result of theconflict.
Free and open to the public, the lecture series begins Sept. 15 and
runs through Dec. 7 and features such speakers as: former CongresswomanPatricia
Schroeder (Sept. 15); Good Morning Vietnam film subjectAdrian Cronauer
(Sept. 28); author Le Ly Hayslip (When Heaven and EarthChanged Places
and Child of Peace, Woman of War) (Oct. 5); Televisioncorrespondent
and author of Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam toBaghdad Peter
Arnett (Nov. 2); and a panel of Rhode Island veterans(Nov. 9). Also speaking
will be Wallace Terry, author of Bloods; An OralHistory of the Vietnam
War by Black Veterans (Oct. 26), among manyothers.
Colloquium events also include a photo exhibit in the URI Fine Arts Gallerieson
the Kingston Campus, coordinated by Gallery Director Judith Tolnick,which
runs from Sept. 14 through Oct. 31. The exhibition will offer RhodeIslanders
an opportunity to add their own photographs and text to conveytheir personal
legacies of the war. In October, the URI Theatre Departmentwill perform
John DiFusco's play Tracers which follows the livesof several U.S.
The Colloquium is sponsored by the University's Honors Program, Collegeof
Arts & Sciences, President's Office, Student Entertainment Committee,Women's
Studies and Film Studies Programs, Counseling Center, Departmentsof English
and Political Science. Other sponsors include the John HazenWhite Sr. Center
for Ethics and Public Service, the URI Foundation, TheProvidence
Journal, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, and theURI Division
of University Advancement.
Most presentations will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.in
the Barry Marks Auditorium Chafee Social Science Center on the University'sKingston
Campus. Following is a complete schedule of the semester-long lectureseries.
For a brochure on the Colloquium, contact the URI Honors Programoffice at
874-2303. The schedule is also available on-line from URI's homepage at
Legacies of the Vietnam War
The URI Honors Colloquium, Fall 1999
A Series of Public Lectures at the University of Rhode Island
Free and open to the public, this series is held on URI's Kingston Campus.Most
presentations take place on Tuesday evenings in the Barry Marks Auditorium,Room
271, Chafee Social Science Center from 7:30 - 9 p.m., unless notedotherwise.
(This schedule is also available on-line from the URI home pageat http://www.uri.edu)
September 14October 31 - EXHIBITION: THE WAR IN VIETNAMAFTERIMAGES
An installation featuring photographs and text by veterans who returnedto
Vietnam to capture the war's lingering impact on its landscape, people,and
themselves. Supplemented by photographs and text donated by Rhode Islanders,including
Southeast Asian refugees, this exhibition of visual artifactswill convey
personal legacies of the war. Main Gallery, URI Fine Arts Center,Tuesday
through Friday 124 p.m. and 7:309:30 p.m., Saturday andSunday
14 p.m. Judith Tolnick director of Fine Arts Center Galleries,University
of Rhode Island
September 15 - POLITICS IN THE POST-VIETNAM ERA.
A former twelve-term Congresswoman and first woman to serve on the HouseArmed
Services Committee will explore the political legacy of the VietnamWar at
the University's 1999 Convocation. Edwards Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Patricia Schroeder president and chief executive officer, Associationof
American Publishers, Inc. (sponsored by the President's Office and theURI
September 21 - MAKING FOREIGN POLICY AFTER VIETNAM
A co-author with Vietnam-era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara of ArgumentWithout
End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy analyzes the misseddiplomatic
opportunities during the Vietnam conflict and how that awarenesscan inform
future foreign policy decision making.
Robert Brigham associate professor and director of Vassar College'sProgram
in International Relations
September 28 - GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM: THE REAL/REEL STORY
A veteran contrasts the story of his Vietnam experience which he soldto
Touchstone Pictures, with the script its writers concocted and the filmwhich
became Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), starring Robin Williams and URIgraduate,
the late J.T. Walsh.
Adrian Cronauer senior attorney and corporate vice-president ofBurch
& Cronauer; specialist in communications law.
October 5 - VIETNAMESE WOMEN: VOICES UNHEARD
The untold story of how, during decades of war and reconstruction, Vietnamesewomen
struggled to preserve themselves, their families, and their culture.This
is URI's 5th Annual Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Lecture.Edwards
Le Ly Hayslip founder, East Meets West Foundation and the GlobalVillage
Foundation, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Childof War,
Woman of Peace
October 12 - STRATEGIC LESSONS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR: PERSONALAND
A former carrier-based fighter pilot and P.O.W. during the Vietnam Wardiscusses
the personal and professional lessons learned from his war experienceand
their relevance to military strategy.
Porter Halyburton professor, United States Naval War College
October 1423 - JOHN DIFUSCO'S TRACERS
A performance by the URI Theatre Department of Tracers, a play whichtraces
the lives of several U.S. combatants during the war, immediatelyafter, and
during the 1980s. Performances held in the URI Fine Arts Center'sRobert
E. Will Auditorium, October 1416 and 2023. Call 401-874-5843for
A discussion guided by URI History Professor Maury Klein and Vietnam-Warcombat
veteran Robert Brunelle follows the October 16 performance.
October 19 - IMAGES OF VIETNAM: UNDERSTANDING THE VISUAL LEGACY
As the gallery exhibition draws to a close, an anthropologist specializingin
the analysis of visual imagery explores questions raised by the photographs,places
them in social and political context, and suggests how they definethe legacy
Peter Allen professor, Rhode Island College
October 26 - RACE AND THE VIETNAM WAR
Black soldiers fought and died in disproportionate numbers in Vietnam,leaving
a legacy of pride and patriotism. A journalist and oral historianasserts
that their protests against racism off the battlefield helped changethe
Armed Forces into the most successfully integrated institution in America,and
that the brotherhood they shared with white comrades on the battlefieldfulfilled
a dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and became a model of behaviorfor a nation
still divided by race. Note: Mr. Terry will present a secondprogram, "War
Correspondents," at URI's Feinstein College of ContinuingEducation
in Providence at 7:30 p.m. on October 27.
Wallace Terry contributing editor, Parade magazine; author ofBloods:
An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans
November 2 - VIETNAM WAR REPORTING
A battlefield correspondent with over 35 years' experience argues thatthe
generation of reporters who covered the Vietnam conflict forever changedAmerica's
view of war and the media's role in American foreign policy.
Peter Arnett chief correspondent for foreigntv.com, author ofLive
from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad (sponsored by The ProvidenceJournal)
November 9 - Veterans' Voices
After a screening of "Remembrance," a 30-minute video programabout
Vietnam War veterans that was developed by Norwich University students,a
panel of Rhode Island veterans will speak, linking their own experiencesto
those of the veterans featured in the video.
November 16 - WARRIOR DREAMS: THE CULTURAL LEGACY OFDEFEAT
A specialist in military sociology argues America's defeat in Vietnamled
to development of a new mythic hero.
James William Gibson professor, University of California, LongBeach;
author of The Perfect War and Warrior Dreams
November 30 - THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT WE ARE SUPPOSED TOFORGET
An early activist against the Vietnam War, now a prominent cultural historian,shows
how the real movement against the Vietnam War has been re-imaged andforgotten,
thus hiding its relevance to America today.
H. Bruce Franklin John Dana Cotton professor, Rutgers University;author
of M.I.A., or Mythmaking in America
December 7 - THREE SEASONS
A screening of the first full-length film by Tony Bui, a 26-year-oldVietnamese-American
director. Three Seasons depicts ordinary Vietnamesecoping with economic
and cultural changes in post-war Vietnam and a formerAmerican Marine returning
to find his Amerasian daughter. Chosen as thebest dramatic feature at the
1999 Sundance Film Festival. In Vietnamesewith English subtitles, 110 minutes.
Biological Sciences Auditorium on URI'sKingston campus, 7:30 p.m.
For further information, contact Professor Don Kunz, Department of English,401-874-4337
or email@example.com; Professor Gerry Tyler, Department of PoliticalScience,
401-874-4053 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Deborah Gardiner, Honors ProgramSecretary,
For More Information: Linda Acciardo, 874-2116 or Jan Sawyer,874-2116